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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas 2009

WOW, didn't that just go super fast! I cant believe how quick Christmas goes as you get older, it was on us before we knew it and now its already gone. BooHoo.  I LOVE Christmas time.
This year I was quite lucky as Santa bought us a new camera (even though we did get it a little earlier), I also received two lovely summer nighties, body lotion and face cream, a cup for work and my surprise was a new craft glue gun to use for my cross stitch finishes.  Woo Hoo I love it, its a cordless Black and Decker one.

Here is a picture of our tree with all the presents underneath.



First up I wanted to show you a photo of my boy, not my son, my four legged buddy "Jed".  Santa left him a gift in his stocking and he loved trying to get it open.  I cant belive my boy will be 11 next year, you can see him greying around the mouth area but other than that you wouldn't think he was getting on.




And finally a photo of my other boy, yes this time my son, with his stash for Christmas.  He also received a paddle pool but that was obviously outside and not part of the photo.  Seeing as its quite warm over Christmas and up until March in the new year its nice for the kids to have some kind of water fun in the backyard.



I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and please take care on the roads during this holiday break.
Until next time, happy stitching
Lisa

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ornie's

Here are some ornie's for all to see.  First up is an ornie I made for my Mum for her Christmas tree this year.  Its "Sing Noel" by Primrose Needleworks.  The reason I chose this is because I liked the colour combination of green, pink and white, I also had matching green beads which I used around the outside.



This next ornie is one I have received from Julianne in the YLPS round 4 exchange.  I just love this little guy, and Julianne put a pocket in the back which she stashed some candy canes and chocolate in.  Of course they didn't last long with my son around.  A lovely ornie that will have a special place on my tree each year.  Thanks Julianne!



Until next time, happy stitching and Merry Christmas everyone.
Lisa

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

YAY! Its Arrived.

Finally my parcel has arrived at Angela's house.  I'm just super pleased its made it in time for Christmas.
With our personal exchanges at Christmas we always make each other an ornie for our trees.  This year I stitched a Casey Buonaugurio design "Let It Snow" from the JCS 2008 ornie special on light blue evenweave using dmc.



My surprise piece for Angela this year was a journal like the one I made for Carol Anna.  I found these little journals at my local craft store and had a vision for the finishing.  I was tickled pink with the end result, and I might just have to go and buy some more.  The design is a Heart In Hand chart called "Tall Snowman" (Angela loves snowmen!) stitched on a cream linen using dmc.



In Angela's parcel I included some fabric, floss, stickers, mesh bag with charms, a cute snowman chart and a felt reindeer bag.



Once again its been a fabulous year of friendship for us Angela that I truly cherish, here's to another fabulous year ahead!
Until next time, happy stitching
Lisa

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thank You Gaby! & Gift for Roberta

Today I received my christmas parcel from Gaby, and what a delightful parcel it is!  This is for a personal exchange that a group of friends joined in on for Christmas.

Gaby stitched a biscornu for me from last years JCS christmas issue. And I am pleased to say that this is the first biscornu I have received in an exchange, how lucky am I to receive such a gorgeous one.


In my parcel Gaby sent me some cute ornie's to hang on my tree, some soap made by Gaby's friend, a scented sachet, four "ever soo cute" hedgehog felt ornie's (you know me well Gaby) and a book of Christmas motifs.



Thank you for such a lovely exchange Gaby, I love everything you sent. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas too.

For this same personal exchange I had to send to Roberta, here is what I sent in her parcel.



I stitched a Plum Pudding Needlearts chart as Roberta likes sheep and I thought this one was quite appropriate, he was finished off as a pinkeep.  I also stitched Roberta a biscornu, this design was a freebie I have had in my stash for a while.





Poor Angela is still waiting on her gift to arrive, so no photos as yet.  Hurry up postman!!!
Until next time, happy stitching.
Lisa

Friday, December 11, 2009

Xmas Swap!

I joined SWAP with Nina's group for the christmas round this year and the person I had to stitch for was Carol Anna in Hungary.  I read that Carol Anna liked Bent Creek designs and traditional christmas things.  So I made the following for her.

Waxing Moon Designs "Merry Christmas" reindeer, made into a pinkeep which I found perfect backing fabric for.  Stitched on white linen with red dmc.




Bent Creek's "Red Winged Blackbird", I found a small journal that I covered in fabric and placed the design on the front, the pages inside are blank so she can use the journal for anything she likes.  Stitched on cream linen using dmc.




What a fun swap this was and Carol Anna was soo appreciative of all that I sent her, I received such a lovely email of thanks.  I was also super surprised at how quick she received the parcel, 7 days from Australia to Hungary.
I will be back shortly as I have heard today that another of my exchanges have arrived.
Until next time, happy stitching
Lisa

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's Starting to Look Alot Like Christmas...

YAY!!! It sure was Christmas for me when I received my parcel from Angela.  Each year we always send each other a parcel, and each year its soo exciting, as soon as we post them out we let each other know and then its this agonising wait to see how long the postal service takes to get it to us.
Angela gifted me with a gorgeous CCN design flatfold and it is sitting pride of place on the cabinet next to my christmas tree.  I absolutely love it to death!!  And my ornie this year is a lovely LHN design and just as fabulous.





The extra ornie's in my parcel are also already hanging on my tree.



Thank you Angela, dear friend, its always such a delight to receive a stitched gift from you. 

The agonising wait is still going on for poor Angela, as my parcel hasn't reached her yet.  Hopefully it will arrive soon.
Happy stitching everyone.
Lisa